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Cassandra Pierce has been a fan of Gothic literature for most of her life, even studying the origins of the genre in college and graduate school. Before long, she got the urge to create paranormal romances of her own and is now hard at work on several new projects. When she is not writing, she teaches English at a small New England college and is active in a charity that rescues and rehomes abandoned pets.

Q: How did you get into romance novels?

A: Romance novels have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mother used to buy bags of them at tag sales, and our shelves were always overflowing with the thick historical ones that were popular in the ‘70s. I used to skim them for the naughty parts—which was good training for writing modern erotic romance, I would say.

Q: When did you start writing them?

I tried my hand at writing romance novels as a teenager, but of course I lacked the experience and perseverance to get through a full manuscript. Then came college, then graduate school, and finally a teaching career, with a lot of half-finished projects along the way. Finally, two summers ago, I bought a laptop and vowed to use it to organize my notes and finish at least one novel. I accomplished that, and more. I’m now writing every day and meeting my word-count goals, I’m happy to say.

Q: What do you find most rewarding and most difficult about writing?

By far the most rewarding part of the process is feeling the characters come to life during the first months of drafting, then turning the plot over to them and letting them resolve the conflicts I’ve set up for them. Rewriting is like spending time with old friends. It can be exhilarating, though exhausting.

The most difficult part is getting the project underway. Like many of my own students, I find a blank page or screen absolutely terrifying. Yet every day, I force myself to put down a few random words, a doodle, anything to get started. Eventually something coherent starts flowing. My mind is always teeming with plot ideas, half-formed characters, and snatches of dialogue, so the well is never dry. It’s just a matter of tapping into what’s there.

Q: Where do those ideas come from?

Sometimes entire scenes just occur to me out of the blue, complete with dialogue and characters’ names. This often happens in the middle of the night, which isn’t terribly convenient. At other times, I try to find interesting names and create characters, then think up things for them to do and people for them to fall in love with. At other times, I dream up a setting first and then populate it with conflicted personalities. I’m lucky to live in New England, an area rich with creepy Victorian houses and gloomy cemeteries dating back to the 1700s. Some of the early settlers actually believed in vampires, which isn’t too surprising when you imagine the long winters in isolated farmhouses with the wind howling and the moon casting odd shadows through the trees. It can make anyone’s imagination run wild, though in my case that’s a good thing.

Q: Why do vampires make good romantic heroes?

For me, it’s because they represent fantasy without boundaries. They’re the ultimate bad boys—phenomenally strong, hypnotically attractive, and their passions rage larger than life. They will be young and handsome forever. All that can pose quite a challenge for a heroine. She needs to be feisty and smart to hold her own with a guy like that. As far as the writing part goes, it never gets boring because there are so many directions to go in. Vampires may be cold to the touch, but I would say plenty of women find them scorching hot!
 

 

 

 

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Cyborg Heart

Cassandra Pierce (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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Youthful Captain Brent Antiochus is on his first mission with his privately owned cargo ship, The Lady Bountiful, when his crew spots a man-shaped escape pod floating free in space. After retrieving it, they di MORE...

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Vampires of Darkisle

Cassandra Pierce (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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Sebastian and Ruby Morgan arrive in the small seaside town of Darkisle claiming to be the grandchildren of the reclusive Edgar Morgan, who recently died at the age of 108. From the beginning, Briana Dempse MORE...

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To Serve The Count

Cassandra Pierce (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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In 1815 Austria, Rupert is cast out of his village after he is caught kissing another man and seeks refuge in the mysterious Castle Blutstark. He soon realizes that this is no ordinary castle, and his new maste MORE...

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Night of the Blue Moon

Cassandra Pierce (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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Scot North is intrigued when he is invited to a New Year’s Eve celebration on a private island. But his host is a mysterious man who seems to know a little too much about him… In late December, Scot Nort MORE...

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Unfinished Business

Carlo Angelo, Cassandra Pierce, Stephanie Rabig (Published by: Less Than Three Press LLC)

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REBORN by Carlo Angelo—Several days ago Ilya confessed his feelings to Ridley, and since then matters between the two men have been strained. With Ridley sick and their case about disappearing men still unsol MORE...

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Villains, Inc.

A.D. Truax, Cassandra Pierce, Sumi (Published by: Less Than Three Press LLC)

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For too long, heroes have gotten all the attention. But the glory doesn't always go the presumed good guys. From super villains and anti-heroes to thieves and monsters, these stories focus on the baddies long o MORE...

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Vampire Lovers Box Set

Cassandra Pierce (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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THE PROFESSOR AND HER VAMPIRE Brooke Foster has spent most of her life dreaming about a man she can never be with—Lord Lysander, an English poet who mysteriously disappeared in 1825. Now a professor of liter MORE...

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Secret Oasis

Cassandra Pierce (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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Desert cop Heath Jaeger isn’t thrilled when an archaeologist shows up at Oasis to do some excavations at a nearby Native burial site. Heath suspects the real motive is treasure hunting rather than science, bu MORE...

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Loving Two Vampires

Cassandra Pierce (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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Lindsay Tanner arrives at Purgatory, a private nightclub, to study the strange clientele who frequent it. Though she believes the people there are simply indulging in sexual fetishism, she is in for a shock whe MORE...

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Savage Oasis

Cassandra Pierce (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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Patrick arrives at Oasis in search of answers. He finds an unexpected love instead…with Zack, a guy who has plenty of secrets of his own. While he struggles to figure out Zack’s evasive behavior, Patrick be MORE...

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Wild Oasis

Cassandra Pierce (Published by: Painted Hearts Publishing)

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After ending his first serious relationship with a man, Jonathan Blake heads for Oasis, a desert community where he can start a new life. There, he is strongly attracted to his sexy but secretive new neighbor. MORE...

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Missed Connections

Angel Propps, C.J. Munoz, Caitlin Ricci, Cari Z. (Published by: Less Than Three Press LLC)

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A fleeting glance across a crowded space. Trains passing by in the night. Paths that once split unexpectedly cross again. Old friends reunited. Sometimes rediscovering a person and having new feelings can be ju MORE...

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R.D. Hero, Diana Sheridan, Mina MacLeod, J.D. Walker (Published by: Less Than Three Press LLC)

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Nothing is more frustrating than getting screamed at, spilled on, and talked down to while doing a miserable job just to make ends meet. Less Than Three Press offers a collection of romantic shorts about the pe MORE...

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Chasing Shadows (MM)

Cassandra Pierce (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Paranormal Romance, M/M, vampires, HEA] Newly undead Chase Emery travels to Anarchy with hopes of confronting and perhaps bringing to justice the man he believes tu MORE...

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Island Prince (MM)

Cassandra Pierce (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Paranormal Romance, M/M, vampires, HEA] Brash young drifter Jude Taylor travels to Anarchy, an all-male resort for vampires, to take a job as a blood servant to the MORE...

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Diamonds in the Sand (LoveXtreme)

Cassandra Pierce (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[Siren LoveXtreme Special Edition: Erotic Paranormal Ménage Romance, M/F/M/M/M/M, with M/M elements, mermen, voyeurism] Oceanographer Maura Ryan travels to the tropics to meet with her mentor, who claims to MORE...

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The Vampire's Vacation (MM)

Cassandra Pierce (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Paranormal/Fantasy Romance, M/M, vampires, public exhibition, voyeurism] Deserted by the lover who turned him into a vampire, Ethan Collier is nursing a broken hear MORE...

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Jewels from the Sea (LoveXtreme)

Cassandra Pierce (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[Siren LoveXtreme Special Edition: Erotic Paranormal Ménage Romance, M/F/M/M/M/M, mermen] Heiress Savannah Godfrey is relaxing on the deck of a Caribbean cruise ship when a gorgeous naked man rises from the MORE...

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Captain Gareth's Mates (MMF)

Cassandra Pierce (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[PolyAmour: Erotic Sci-fi Ménage a Trois Romance, M/M/F] As far as Captain Krys Gareth is concerned, life is perfect. He’s happily commanding a ship for 24th-century Earth’s Border Patrol, and his relat MORE...

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